Taking a mile-high view
of your local music scene is tricky, but it's worth a go
|It helps to have a sense of perspective. Photo Elliot Brown|
No, it's good for spotting early trends. It's fascinating to see who's coming on fast, what genres do well, and to try to work out why.
And recently, with some colleagues, I've picked up a new way of looking at what's happening. Imperfect it certainly is; rankings are subjective and based on reputation, not numbers. The sample is tiny, and taken at a specific point in time. So I won't get carried away. But I'm astonished and pleased at what we found.